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Thursday, 28 February 2013

Highlights: MS Dhoni 224 Runs India vs Australia, 1st Test, Chennai


Mahendra Singh Dhoni has established an Indian record for the highest individual innings by a captain. His outstanding 224 has surpassed Sachin Tendulkar's 217 against New Zealand at Ahmedabad in October 1999.

Dhoni's 224 is the third highest by a wicketkeeper in Tests - the top two innings being 232 not out by Andy Flower (Zimbabwe) against India at Nagpur in November 2000 and 230 by Kumar Sangakkara (Sri Lanka) against Pakistan at Lahore in March 2002.

Dhoni's innings is the third highest individual innings at Chepauk, next only to Virender Sehwag's 319 against South Africa in March 2008 and Sunil Gavaskar's 236 not out against the West Indies in December 1983.

Dhoni's 224 is bettered on Indian soil as captain only by Clive Lloyd's unbeaten 242 for West Indies at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai in January 1975.

Dhoni, for the third time in a Test innings, has recorded six sixes in an innings - the first two instances were against West Indies and Sri Lanka.

Dhoni has equalled Ravi Shastri's tally of six sixes in an innings against Australia.  Both share an Indian record for most sixes in a Test innings against Australia.  Shastri had achieved the feat during his unbeaten knock of 121 off 287 balls at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai in October 1986.

Chris Gayle and Dhoni are the only two captains to have recorded six sixes or more in a Test innings twice. Dhoni's innings of 100 not out off 154 balls against Sri Lanka at Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai in December 2009 had contained three fours and six sixes.

Gayle (102 off 72 balls, including nine fours and six sixes at Perth in December 2009) and Dhoni are the only two captains to have registered six sixes in a Test innings against Australia.

Dhoni's impressive strike rate of 84.52 is the fourth highest by an Indian player against Australia - the highest being 99.14 (116 off 117 balls) by Krish Srikkanth at Sydney in January 1986.(minimum 100)
Dhoni's aforesaid strike rate is the second highest by a captain, registering a double hundred in Tests, next only to 89.49 by Michael Clarke during his 230 of 257 balls against South Africa in the 2012-13 Adelaide Test.


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